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Birmingham City boss Redknapp lauds Acquah's qualities ahead of switch

15:36 GMT+3 22/08/2017
Afriyie Acquah
The Ghana midfielder is on the verge of securing a record transfer deal to the Blues' camp this season

Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp has heaped praise on Ghana and Torino midfielder Afriyie Acquah, likening him to former Portsmouth star and countryman Sulley Ali Muntari.

Acquah, 25, has become a major transfer target for the Championship side in their bid to return to the Premier League, after they missed out on Ghanaian Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, who joined Turkish giants Bursaspor on loan from Udinese.

Redknapp was scheduled to travel to Italy on Tuesday to watch Torino's 1-1 stalemate with Bologna but cancelled it. However, director of football Jeff Vetere managed to make the trip as Acquah saw full throttle.

"We’re hoping we can get him through the door and we’re looking to build a good team,” Redknapp told The Birmingham Mail .

“He’s a strong midfield player, he can play, he’s got a real engine on him.

“Sulley [Muntari] was a good player for me and he’s (Acquah) the same, aggressive. Ghana have had lots of good midfield players over the years so hopefully he will be a good signing for us,” he added.

According to reports, Torino's asking price exceeds Birmingham's previous record transfer of £6million for Nikola Zigic in 2010.